Sophie, 22, on learning how to be unapologetic and tackling sexual harassment on NYC streets.
Sammi, 29, on using comedy to navigate NYC and showcasing the battle over women’s bodies.
Eric*, 24, on going the distance and learning how to live with his partner thousands of miles away.
Ellie*, 24, on kicking off a healthy financial journey with your partner.
Kaitlin, 23, on a sudden breakup that worked out for the best.
Gabby, 25, on taking a leap of faith on her dreams.
Eric, 26, on navigating reality as an aspiring screenwriter.
Carolynn, 24, on her post-grad career setbacks and comebacks.
Lolly*, 22, opens up about learning how to lean closer and closer to her authentic self.
Tina, 23, shares the delights and anxieties of life in the Big Apple.
Robert, 25, on how writing and studying drama helped him embrace his blackness.
Kally, 20, shares how NYC shaped her view of identity and how she now seeks to advocate for more media identity representation.
Alex, 25, found that buying real estate in NYC was a better long-term option than renting.
Victoria, 25, shares how she took charge of her personal finances — and how you can too.
Noman, 23, found out the hard way that it was easy to go from “best friend” to “boyfriend,” but much more difficult the other way around.
Tina, 23, had never expected to meet the love of her life at just 19 years old, but there’s nothing about their weird little story she would change.
Jojo, 24, feels homesick every year around Chinese New Year. She reflects on having taken the holiday for granted in her childhood as she prepares to return to her hometown this year for the holiday.
Carolynn, 24, found herself stuck between the city that never sleeps and the golden state. She learns that both places are telling her she belongs.
Hediya, 23, thought applying to grad schools would be all about convincing her top choices she was the right candidate. Never did she think the process would end up teaching her something about herself.
Ali, 22, had prepared all his life to get a job, but when he wasn’t able to, he began spending his spare time learning Persian. Little did he know, he would end up finding something more important.
Caitie, 24, spent many years figuring out what “healthy” means to her. This year, she’s determined to help others find their own “healthy,” beyond measurements and scales.
Jessica, 22, is about to graduate college but took a while to find the right her place in the community. Now, she has to do it all over again.
Maggie*, 28, spent her formative years in celibacy. Now, as she re-enters the world of love and sex, she continues to define what physical relationships mean to her.
Li Lu, 24, has never hidden who he was, even at the risk of his family turning their back on him.
Bonny, 29, is bringing her husband home to her family in Texas for the first time in their 11-year relationship this Christmas, in hopes that he will fall in love with her community just as much as she has fallen in love with his.
Maggie, 24, is looking forward to spending the holidays surrounded by loved ones this year after having worked the last few holidays, and being away from home.
Katie, 27, didn’t always have enough cash to afford the excesses New York City has to offer, but quickly found a way to do the things she wanted to do with change leftover in her wallet.
Sultan*, 24, wasn’t the best version of himself so he sought to find it, even if his journey was more difficult than he ever thought possible.
Sikander, 24, has been up and down, east and west – but the one thing that stays the same is his violin.
Jessica, 23, unexpectedly found that a little patch of greenery in the city could make her feel like she had a greater purpose.
Afraz, 23, has been involved in leading social and political justice but learned that change doesn’t happen in a fortnight.
Colette, 19, moved to New York City as a teenager to pursue a career in acting. In the process of helping found a theater company and making her Off-Broadway debut, Colette found herself.
Dylan, 24, has always been interested in supporting his community and discovered the most impactful way of doing that was running for office in local government.
Nieve, 23, knows that politics and changing the world often seem like goals too far to reach. But it doesn’t have to be, and she’s ready to show you how.
Trevor, 21, demanded House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) take a stance during a CNN Town Hall following Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Kavish, 23, found himself turning into a warrior after an experience with bed bugs shook up his routine.
Cleo*, 24, faces her fear of growing up as she compares the new her to the girl she was just three years ago.
Eric*, 24, learned what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger when he started his first full-time job and was quickly forced to become his own full-time leader.
Meenaskhi, 23, took to the open road and came across some tears and a Grand Canyon sunset that would eventually help her detach from anxiety and embrace mindfulness.
Emma*, 22, noticed clearly that she was different from her coworkers when she started her job at a majority-white office, especially when her culture became the butt of their jokes.
Ali*, 23, needed to find a gig after graduating in New York City. Little did she know, she’d find the missing pieces in her life, too.
Beebo*, 24, pursued her dreams in graphic design without quite realizing how much it would cost, and worked her ass off to pay it off when she saw the first bill in the mail.
Vidy, 22, studied computer science in college and graduated in 2018. He is now living out his dreams, exploring his passions in the world of entrepreneurship but continues to have doubts from time to time.
Admera, 23, met who she thought was the love of her life while studying at NYU. It wasn’t until her heartbreak that she discovered her true love would be writing and poetry.
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